Deserts: 10 questions

  1. Which band of the 1990s missed you “like the deserts miss the rain”?
  2. Which desert of Northern Chile is often considered to be the driest in the world, with some parts having had no rain for at least 400 years.
  3. Who was the original presenter and creator of the long-running BBC radio series Desert Island Discs?
  4. What is the name of the 156 mile ultramarathon run in the Sahara Desert of southern Morocco each year, often considered the toughest marathon in the world.
  5. Which desert of central Australia lies above the Great Artesian Basin, and has the longest parallel sand dunes in the world running through it? It is named after a man whose chief claim to fame was the manufacture of gas stoves.
  6. The word “Sahara” comes from an Arabic word meaning what?
  7. The largest city in the Sonoran Desert, straddling the Mexico-USA border, is also one of the largest cities in a desert anywhere in the world. What city is it?
  8. In the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, what is Priscilla?
  9. What is the name of the part of the Arabian desert known as the Rub’al Khali in Arabic, which covers most of the southern third of the Arabian peninsula and is mostly located in Saudi Arabia, with parts stretching into Yemen and Oman?
  10. In World War Two, the unit nicknamed the Desert Rats are best known for fighting in which theatre of the Second World War?

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  1. Which band of the 1990s missed you “like the deserts miss the rain”?
    A: Everything but the Girl
  2. Which desert of Northern Chile is often considered to be the driest in the world, with some parts having had no rain for at least 400 years.
    A: The Atacama Desert
  3. Who was the original presenter and creator of the long-running BBC radio series Desert Island Discs?
    A: Roy Plomley
  4. What is the name of the 156 mile ultramarathon run in the Sahara Desert of southern Morocco each year, often considered the toughest marathon in the world.
    A: The Marathon des Sables (see here  for more information on just how ridiculous the race is)
  5. Which desert of central Australia lies above the Great Artesian Basin, and has the longest parallel sand dunes in the world running through it? It is named after a man whose chief claim to fame was the manufacture of gas stoves.
    A: The Simpson Desert
  6. The word “Sahara” comes from an Arabic word meaning what?
    A: Desert
  7. The largest city in the Sonoran Desert, straddling the Mexico-USA border, is also one of the largest cities in a desert anywhere in the world. What city is it?
    A: Phoenix
  8. In the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, what is Priscilla?
    A: A bus
  9. What is the name of the part of the Arabian desert known as the Rub’al Khali in Arabic, which covers most of the southern third of the Arabian peninsula and is mostly located in Saudi Arabia, with parts stretching into Yemen and Oman?
    A: The Empty Quarter
  10. In World War Two, the unit nicknamed the Desert Rats are best known for fighting in which theatre of the Second World War?
    A: The North African theatre

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